By: Connor Glowacki
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2016 class was announced today (December 17) and the five acts to gain admittance were rock bands Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, musician Steve Miller, and hip hop collective N.W.A.
Cheap Trick, Chicago and Steve Miller, all acts who found huge popularity in the 1970s, were nominated for the first time this year. Meanwhile, N.W.A. becomes just the fifth hip hop group to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy.
There's no question that the critical and commercial success of N.W.A.'s biopic 'Straight Outta Compton', released earlier this year, helped their cause since the group had been on the ballot three previous times.
As with any announcement of this magnitude, there were notable acts who were snubbed and left out for another year. Among those who did not make the cut included singer Janet Jackson, alternative rock icons Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths, and funk band Chic, who surprisingly have been turned away for a record 10th time.
The 31st Induction Ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 8.
Did the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting committee get it right this year?
Did the right acts get in? And who should be admitted next?
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